With summer winding down, it’s time to bring the outdoors in — especially since most of us are spending more time at home. Mid-September brings National Indoor Plant Week (Sept. 21-25, 2020), but we don’t see any reason not to celebrate all month!
Make your indoor spaces, including your home office or at-home classroom, just as lovely as the outdoors with these indoor garden ideas.
Indoor garden ideas
Plants are an easy way to give any room or area an instant upgrade. Whether they hang from the ceiling, adorn a shelf or windowsill, or are dotted throughout the room, you’ll reap the benefits in many ways.
Adding tropical plants to your decor can be as punchy or subtle as you want it to be. Long-lasting premium orchids come in flawless white or more vibrant hues like blue, pink and purple. Orchids are easy to care for and rebloom again and again, giving you lush blooms all season long.
If you’re not into flowers, consider an anthurium. Their heart-shaped leaves are said to symbolize hospitality and love. Anthuriums are also easy to care for and long-lasting.
Both of these tropical plants can be placed virtually anywhere in your home because they do not require direct sunlight. Try placing them on your mantle in pots of different shapes and sizes, or use them to spruce up the background on your virtual work meetings!
If you want to skip blooms all together, opt for some foliage plants. Mix and match different shades of green to create a jungle wall, or choose plants with vines to make a statement on your bookshelf or mantle. A few pet-friendly foliage houseplants include the spider plant, calathea wavestar, a parlor palm and a variety of succulents.
Indoor herb garden
Eat fresh all winter with your own indoor herb garden. Herbs are easy to grow and maintain if you have the right area for them to grow. For herbs, the more light the better — they typically need six to eight hours of sunlight per day. When it comes to choosing which ones you want to grow, think about which spices you use most. If you cook with oregano and basil, those are your best choices. If you don’t use all of your fresh herbs, you can always clip them and dry them to use as spices later.
Get your kids involved in helping you make a terrarium or fairy garden, both of which make a great centerpiece or mantle decoration. For a terrarium, choose a glass container big enough to fit several small plants. Put a handful of rocks at the bottom of the container and top it with damp moss and soil. Then add your plants and water according to plant type. Here are more detailed instructions.
You can follow the same advice to create a fairy garden, but this time around, add cute decorations after you plant. These could include a little fairy house, a gnome, or a whole fairy village. Here are more suggestions. Use this as a teachable moment about how plants thrive in different environments and with differing amounts of water or sunlight.
Get Your Indoor Garden Started
You don’t have to be a green thumb to have an indoor garden. Choose a concept you can keep up with and plants that will thrive in your house with the light and space you have available. Shop our collection to get started.